Onward and upward, postwar Americans moved to the suburbs and embraced mobility on the ground and in the air. Dubbed “the American Century,” the U.S. emerged in the '50s as a “superpower” with a populace that was looking for ways to express their newfound prosperity and no-limits mindset.
Saarinen's effort to tap into the technical innovations of American industrial design gave rise to his “one piece, one material furniture philosophy.”
Inventive in terms of technology and materials, Saarinen's “Tulip” series was built with polyester resin, a material developed for constructing ship hulls.
Saarinen's seamless series is synonymous with the postwar era and is still in production, popping up in high-end showrooms, movies and on television.
The graceful, organic “Tulip” table can be paired with any chair but looks great with the “Tulip” chair. A white table as a contrasting piece in a period room or a white piece in an all-white room, the pedestal series satisfies the most style-conscious customers today.
The curves and gloss of the “Tulip” will look modern and glamorous forever, jogging our memories of those “Happy Days.”
(It's so optimistic!)